The detainees include several relatives of the alleged perpetrator, an 18-year-old Russian of Chechen origin and born in Moscow.
The French Police arrested nine people this Saturday, October 17, one of them a minor, within the open investigation after the terrorist attack that cost the life of a high school teacher, beheaded after showing a cartoon of Muhammad in class.
The detainees include several relatives of the alleged perpetrator, an 18-year-old Russian of Chechen origin and born in Moscow, living in Evreux (about 100 kilometers northwest of Paris), judicial sources reported.
Several members of the environment of the alleged murderer, who died from police shots, have also been arrested, as well as the father of a student who posted a video on social networks denouncing that the murdered teacher, aged 47, had shown a cartoon of Muhammad in high school class.
That episode, in a class on freedom of expression for thirteen-year-old students in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a town about thirty kilometers from Paris, generated protests from parents of students of Muslim confession and ended yesterday’s attack, in the that the alleged perpetrator beheaded the professor with a large knife.
President Emmanuel Macron, the Government and politicians of all colors were quick to condemn the attack as an attack on the values of the French Republic, especially secular and egalitarian education.
The Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, plans to hold a series of meetings this Saturday with representatives of teachers and parents of students to insist on the Government’s commitment to maintain secular education in freedom and to support the educational community.